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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,266 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,266
Reviews: 1,631
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 207
Gots: 533 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003)
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Photo of Packforever1976
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temp in my Darkness goblet.

A: Pours jet black with a dark tan head, nice and creamy. Amazing head retention. This one really sticks around! Very nice sticky lacing.

S: Smells amazing...espresso with some cocoa, some toffee, and a nice hop aroma as well.

T: Tastes of a nice espresso with some good bitter dark chocolate. Some vanilla and toffee flavors in there as well. The hops make their presence felt in the back, which really finishes this one off well. There is some alcohol burn in the back, which is to be expected considering this was bottled only 6 weeks ago.

M: Thick and creamy. Chewy. Proper carbonation level.

D: Solid drinkability for the style. One is enough, but puting that one down isn't very difficult. A very tasty RIS.

Packforever1976, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.63/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 5/21/2006 (25oz bottle):

Pours a blackish color, tan frothy head, average, somewhat diminishing. Hoppy aroma, some coffee. Alcoholy taste, some coffee. Strong flavor. A milky smooth taste. Coffee. Too much for me, maybe aging will do this on better.

jujubeast6000, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of aggiearcher13
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle I picked up this summer and have been saving for a cold night to enjoy (-8 degrees last night? Perfect!).

A: Dark, oil, with a great inch and a half or so of very tan, creamy head.

S: Coffee and hops.

T: Now we're talking! Chocolate, coffee, some bitterness on the finish. I really enjoy this beer.

M: Creamy and smooth with enough carbonation that it sort of dances on the tongue.

D: Well, it's 9.5%, so I'm not going to drink a six-pack, but a bomber is about perfect. A highly enjoyable RIS, one of my favorites. I think the few months of age on it really helped it out and it makes me look forward to my bottle of 2006 Oak Aged Yeti I have in the cellar.

aggiearcher13, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of hosehead83
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A cellared,2007 bottle poured into pint glass

Poured a dark black with purple bubbles coming through a tan, one-inch head
Wow! Surprising strong hop aroma covering a dark coffee/chocolate essence

Taste-Wow again! Big hops up front, full bodied and very complex with a melding of espresso coffee and dark fruits. Delicious!

Overall a delicious addition of strong hops that add a great dimension to this Russian Imperial
A must if you dig this style of beer
Get some!!!

hosehead83, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of jstilwell
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very thick motor oil pint. Produces a light brown lasting frothy head, with bubbles. Looks like a thick shake, mmm can't wait!

S: Strong Malt and hops along with toffee and coffee.

T: Powerful explosion of the senses with Roasted malt, dark fruit and hops. There is a bit too much lingering bitterness and alcohol for my liking.

M: Thick, velvety, bold and chewy.

D: Low drinkability for this one as it way too intense for more than one.

While not my absolute style, a great example of the style. Next time I will buy and age.

jstilwell, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a large rocky light brown head that lasted thru the brew with good lacing.

S - Heavy aroma that was molasses and coffee.

M - Full creamy body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation.

T - Flavor was heavy complex sweet with a light bitter finish of modetate to long duration.

D - Good brew that is in the best class.

tmoneyba, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of beveritt
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is simple, with a large mountain and the silhouette of a yeti near the bottom. Looks like this was bottled January 2008, so not super fresh, but not yet aged. I picked up a bomber of this years ago and put it in the cellar, finally able to try some fresh.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of dark tan head. This settles slowly, eventually leaving just a thin coating of foam. The lacing coverage is nearly 100%. The beer itself is black and completely opaque. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet alcohol with hints of dark molasses and tart cherries. Raisins in the finish.

Taste: Dark chocolate and bitter coffee with hints of spicy mint. Long lingering finish with a medium level of hop bitterness. Alcohol is very present and warming, but well blended as to not be offensive.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is average. Body is incredible.

Drinkability: An amazing beer that, while I wish I tried it earlier, i can't wait to sample the 3+ year old one i have in my cellar. I am really finding my likes in the dark,malty beers.

beveritt, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of GordonQuid
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured jet black with a purplish tan half inch head thick lacing.
Amazing hop on the top aroma with chocolate and burnt toast covered in a fruity marmalade with a hot cup of coffee

Taste is chocolate coffee with a burnt toast slathered in a buttery blueberry jam. The 75 IBU's help make this a very complex and delicious Imperial Stout. There is a slight burnt steak fat right off the grill taste in the finish that would make this brew go well with any kind of grilled meat.

Full bodied goodness!

GordonQuid, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of bifrostguard
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful black pour with a tall dark tan head and tons of carbonation bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S - Roasted malts, coffee and a fair amount of hops.

T - Roasted malts, coffee and hops. A bit more bitter than other stouts I have tried.

M - Thick with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Very smooth and enjoyable stout. The bitterness and levels of flavor make this an easy drinker for me.

bifrostguard, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of rowew
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, old style labels. This one has been aging in my cellar/fridge since 06.

Appearance: Completely black, dark colored head with decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Just a hint of alcohol, some coffee and roasted aromas.

Taste: Smooth flavors, thick mouthfeel with low carbonation. The aromas are that of dark chocolate and some bitter coffee.

Overall impression: I've had this both fresh and aged - it is good either way, but bordering on great with some age on it. Nice blending of complex flavors, and highly drinkable despite the ABV

rowew, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of schellsbeer
2.78/5  rDev -34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Review from notes taken from sampling party early December 2008.

If you are going to get a Great Divide Yeti....pay the extra $1 and get the Oak Aged one...MUCH better!!!!

A - Black....Yeti material....Yeti means snow...and snow is white....just don't get it. Anyways...Black and "appears" thick, but looks can be wrong....read on.

S - High alcohol. Other than that, not great for a RIS

T - Burns when cold. No flavor. Make sure this one is at room temperature or else you just wasted the $8 for the bottle. Crazy. Little to like when cool, ok to like when warm. Other then that, not great. Just average at best.

M = Thin. Alcohol bite. Thats it.

D - 9.5% plus expensive compared to other great RIS...no. Try the Oak Aged Yeti...much better. That review next.

schellsbeer, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It pours out dark and black with a dark tan head. The head is pretty thick, and there's some decent retention, maybe a little lacing. The look is on par. The smell was my favorite part. You get loads of roasted malts first. Then there's a bit of alcohol backed by this molasses sweetness. It really makes me exited to taste the beer. I've ad this twice, once fresh, and one was kept for a few months before consuming. I remember the fresh one being very harsh. The other was decent, but nothing to rave about. There were really two main flavors for me - A bit of fruity alcohol and quite a bit of the roasted barley taste. You could describe both of them in different ways, but that's mainly what you're hitting on. I didn't notice much sweetness, and I don't prefer these to be overly sweet, but naturally it seems that having loads of malt, particularly darker malts, is going to lend plenty of unfermentable sugar. As you drink it, you get a decent amount of carbonation, and there's a bit of harshness that mellows after the first taste. This one, in terms of drinkability is about average for an imperial stout, it was a long, long drink for me, and I would recommend it to someone looking for something new, but I probably won't buy this again (though I may try to oak aged one, I don't know how much different it will be).

taylorhamrick, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of ncstateplaya
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black with no light penetrating this mythical creature. Espresso black with a creamy brown, minimal yet fluffy looking head. Nice lacing up and down the sides of the glass.

Smell: The chocolate malts fill the nose. I get dark chocolate and smoky espresso. The hops are abundant, making my mouth water with anticipation of this bitter sensation. There is a little hint of alcohol lost in the mix.

Taste: Delicious, bitter chocolate, with a smokey and nutty follow through. Almost coffee like, reminding me of a macchiato from Jittery Joes. A great hoppy bitterness that I can't get enough of.

Mouthfeel: This brew definitely fills your mouth, it is smooth and creamy with just enough carbonation. Not quite chewy in my mind because of the crispy bitterness, but definitely built like a malt or milkshake (ok, so I might be feeling a little buzz).

Drinkability: Wow, this stout is great. I enjoyed it the day before Christmas Eve and I can't wait to go to the store and get a few more. I am actually planning on brewing an imperial stout that will require aging for 9-12 months. I can only hope it is and smooth and delectible. The Yeti connotation implies a brew only enjoyable during the winter. I totally disagree, I would drink this beer year round!!!

ncstateplaya, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This stout poured black as night with a dense 1" dark tan head (aggresive pour at fridge temp). The head eventually dropped to a thin cap and left some thin sheet lace down my glass.

S= This brew produced a heady mix of aromas, including sweet and roasted malts, coffee, vanilla frosting, and alcohol.

T= Lots of maltiness up front (sweet and roasty) followed by a big coffee/espresso punch. Pretty well balanced, even through the short earthy hop bit near the end. Finish was dry and full of bitter roast.

MF= Full heavy body with a slick and slippery mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

D= A fairly balanced and subtle RIS with a lot going on in the flavor and aroma department. Good beer that I will definitely drink again.

spointon, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of webmanspidey
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with pink-tan lacing.

Cidery smell. Roasted barley. Much hoppier than the dark stouts like this that I am used to. Intense flavor keeps it from being exceptionally drinkable.

This isn't my favorite Imperial stout, but still an excellent beer.

webmanspidey, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of Wackyfoot
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inky black with a thick tan head. Smells of alcohol, chocolate, coffee and tastes of the same with some licorice thrown in. Surprisingly heavily hopped for such a heavy stout, but the hops aren't intrusive and acutally add much to the overall enjoyment level. Absolutely love this one.

Wackyfoot, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of Reneejane
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We got the oak aged Yeti, so a slightly different beer than otherwise reviewed. So, this refers to the aged beer! The beer has a nice hoppy aroma. The beer is jet black with a brown head, which has great head retention and is very fluffy. It sticks around as the beer is drained.

The first taste is of hops, with a taste of malt as well. I think it might need maybe more of a malt flavor? But then as you age beers the flavor moves from taste to aroma, so it may just be a factor of the aging.

It has a taste of alcohol, and then finishes very sweet!

Overall this is a very smooth beer, and very drinkable.

Reneejane, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of goatgoat
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into pint glass.

Everything about this beer is thick and dark, perfect for an imperial stout. A beautiful pour, dark as sin, with a thick coffee head of about 3 fingers. Nose is very molasses-like, which continues into the taste. There is a slight bite of alcohol in the mouth and a noticeable bitterness from the hops that complemented the heavy malt body well.

The last half of the 22 was paired with some dulce de leche flavored milk chocolate. Very nice. The hop balance of the beer kept this combo from being too sweet.

22 with a chocolate interlude is about all I can handle though.

goatgoat, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours an oilo black body with a small, dark brown head with pretty poor retention, yielding only a ring of head on the beer. There was some lacing along the sides of the glass until the finish.

S: A slightly bitter smell with some roasted barley notes.

T: A very roasted taste with some slight bitterness to it as well. There was also a nice, complimenting, coffee bean aftertaste that was very nice.

M: A fairly thick and smooth mouthfeel that was nice for the style.

D: A pretty decent mouthfeel and taste combination that was good for an Imperial Stout. The alcohol was fairly warming, but not overwhelming in the taste of the beer. A nice drinking beer overall.

maddogruss, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of CoolJosh
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really have been really spoiled lately by Russian Imperial Stouts, fingers crossed in hope that my lucky streak continues

Midnight black in color, and pours a creamy mocha brown head 1 finger in height that leaves behind a nice coat of lacing. No seeing through this one. Truely beautiful.

Its all here. Chocolate, caramel, red cherries, plum, vanilla, slight roasted malt scent. It blends very well together, with nothing standing out more then any other component. A very smal touch of coffee tops this off perfectly.

Dry roasts come right out to bite the tongue. A very dry and woody taste is apparent in addition to all the aforementioned. Both sweet dark and bitter chocolate. There is a slight bit of heat that takes away from the overall complexity. Not as creamy as I'd like.

CoolJosh, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of SeanRedd
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good to go as the R.I.S.'s get. Flat body, head lil earlier disappeared. Smells of smashed dates, sweet, molasses, brown sugar. Possibly fresher fruits in the aroma, cherry and grape. Body hits at a complex fermented dark fruit orgy, chocolate then raspberry. Booze is gone behind a flavorful, roasty, chocolate curtain. Lil grainy after several sips, and a hard hitter. I dig but can't get in a habit, they'd be my ruin.

SeanRedd, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of JRed
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The blackest sea this side of Ol' Rasputin fills my glass and I love the cinnamon head that that rests on top. An aroma that permeates through the room, one of wood, charcoal, coffee, and chocolate. Wow, that is one of the richest beers I have ever had, creamy Godiva chocolate on top of malty coffee and whip cream. An unbelievable smoothness stands out among the heavy body of Willy Wonka goodness. This is a chocolate milkshake of a brew but could be enjoyed any time of day accompanying a croissant breakfast or as an after dinner dessert. This brew is one of the heartiest and I'm begging for the winter to come get me.

JRed, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of Colt4540
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- This maybe the darkest beer I have ever drank. It's pitch black with a rust colored head that starts as a one finger but then leaves with a film on top. That leaves good lacing. Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

S- Smells like chocolate and alcohol with a slight bit of hoppiness.

T- Has a real bitter taste but not overwhelming. You can kinda taste the alcohol but the bitterness of the hops matches with it nicely.

M- Real crisp kind of a light feel for an imperial stout. You can almost feel the alcohol burning your mouth.

D- Too many of these would leave you in gutter. Probably two or three is all you can drink. But other then that its real easy drinking.

Note- The date on the bottle was from June of 06'.

Overall a good beer and I'm quite fond of it.

Colt4540, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of daythree16
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a 1/2 finger, creamy brown head. Head fades leaving tons of lace on the glass and a bit of foam on top of the beer.

Aroma is chocolate and a little bit of roasted malt. It also has hints of brown sugar and spicy alcohol. The taste is huge. Dark fruity sweetness with a bitter coffee finish and a decent hop character. Has a noticeable alcohol presence, but it's not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is very thick, and drinkability is good. This is one tasty beer.

daythree16, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of KeefD
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review from tasting notes:

Dark brown, ruby edges

Aroma: Boozy, hard to pick up other aromas around booze, light roastiness

Taste: Bitter roasted malts, huge hop presence, more bitter from roasted barley than hops, chocolate, strong alcohol

MF: Hot heat alcohol, medium to full bodied

Too much booziness in this one really keeps the flavor profile and dirnkability down. Tastes better as it warms.

KeefD, Dec 16, 2008
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,266 ratings.